Have you ever wished you had a chalkboard wall in your home? But, those bumpy textured walls or damaged drywall are not smooth enough? Well, today I’m about to rock your world by showing you How to Make a SMOOTH Chalkboard Wall For Imperfect Walls!
I feel your pain! We have a little wall between the kitchen and the dining room that was the perfect spot for a chalkboard wall. But the drywall was ripped from the removal of the beadboard. Sure, I could have ripped out the drywall and added new, but honestly I was beyond drywall in our kitchen renovation process and I didn’t want to back track.
I’m cringing at the photo below because the pantry looked like that long after we finished the kitchen. Luckily, I finished the pantry last year. You would not recognize it as the same space!
But enough about the kitchen renovation. I came up with a new solution for making the wall smooth enough for a chalkboard! You could also use this technique if you wanted to remove the chalkboard in the future if you live in a rental and aren’t allowed to paint walls.
Ready? Alright, let’s get this chalkboard party started now!
SMOOTH Chalkboard Wall Materials:
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- Rustoleum chalkboard paint
- Masonite sheet (sold in 4’x8′ sheets at your local home improvement store. Have them cut to size or cut it yourself.)
- Primer tinted gray (Ask the paint department to tint your primer gray.)
- Foam roller
- Sanding sponge
- Wood putty
- Putty knife
- Finish nailer (or simply a hammer and finish nails)
- Construction adhesive
- Caulk gun
Optional (if you have an outlet or switch to work around):
SMOOTH Chalkboard Wall Instructions:
Cut Your Pieces:
Cut your masonite to size. (Or bring your measurements and ask the store to cut it to size for you.)
Use a jigsaw, circular saw, table saw, or other power saw to cut each panel. Dry fit the panels on the wall and make any adjustments as necessary.
Plan your sections:
Use one large sheet to cover as much wall as possible. The fewer the seams the better. Plan to hang a small piece for over any doors. (Note: The skinny little section on the left side of the door was left blank, no one has noticed after it was painted black.)
If you have an outlet or light switch, you need to cut a hole in the masonite to accommodate them. To cut the hole, smear lipstick around the edges of the box (or you can smear it on an outlet as shown in this post.) Hold the masonite panel in place and push against the outlet box. When removed you should see the lipstick impressions. (I used an extra outlet box to trace around for lines that were easier to see.)
Drill holes in the corner of the outlined shape. Use a jigsaw to cut from hole to hole. Test fit your panel.
Time to hang the masonite panels. For a permanent hold, use construction glue and then secure with finish nails. If you want to be able to remove the panels later, skip the adhesive and use only finish nails.
Fill nail holes and seams with wood putty. Lightly sand smooth after the putty has dried.
Prime and Paint:
Using a foam roller, prime the chalkboard with tinted primer (ask your paint department to add as much black as they can to a small can of primer. This will reduce the number of coats of chalkboard paint needed.) My Lowe’s store was able to produce a 50% gray color.
After the primer dries, lightly sand, and wipe clean. It’s important to sand between coats because this will give you the smoothest results and it gives a little tooth for the next layer to adhere to. You’ll need at least two coats of chalkboard paint.
Seasoning the Chalkboard:
After the paint has dried thoroughly, enlist the help of your son or daughter to help season the chalkboard (rub chalk on its side over the entire surface.)
Then wipe off the chalk using a completely dry rag.
There is beauty in the gray movement on a chalkboard wall, wouldn’t you agree?
Don’t forget to add your outlet covers. You can paint them with chalkboard paint to match the wall. (Important: Do not paint the actual outlet, this violates electrical codes.)
Christen your chalkboard with drawings or your to do list.
Within two hours I had to erase the list because I was feeling a little stressed by all the things I needed to complete in our kitchen renovation.
This fun quote was a lot less stressful!
We added a chalkboard calendar a few years ago and this has been the best way for our family to stay organized (also the kids love seeing what’s coming up each week.)
What would you use a chalkboard wall for? I’d love to hear your ideas.